Birthstones by Birth Month
Astonishing, colourful, magical, and always dazzling; don't we just love the vibrant world of gems! And yes, we also do love wearing them as our favourite gemstone jewellery. They are ones that add so much of vivacity to our jewellery collection. Be it in our dainty diamond earrings or that classic pearl necklace, or those stone rings with ruby or sapphire studded in them, we love to show them off as our style. While these vividly coloured gems make a beautiful part of our daily life and fashion, there's more to them than just their sparkle. Each of them has its own meaning and significance and are considered to be quite powerful right back from thousands of years.
While personalized or customized jewellery is making a comeback to the market now with more variety, a classic fashion of wearing gemstones is here to charm you with its colourful vibe. You might know about the typical and popular gemstones like diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and rubies, but are you aware that each month is believed to have its own birthstone(s) with different colours and special significance. If the person born in a particular month wears the birthstone of that month, then it is said that he can benefit from it in various ways possible. So, are you ready to know which gemstone is your birthstone and what does it signify?
JANUARY – Garnet
For the people born in January, the birthstone is garnet. The word "garnet" comes from a term meaning "seed," because the popular red garnet resembles the colour and shape of a pomegranate seed. Apart from red, it is also available in colours like green, orange, purple and pink. Due to its variety of shades, garnet is also known as a rainbow gem and often used as a gift. It is found in places like Russia, Africa, Sri Lanka, Namibia and Rhododendrons.
Significance: It signifies protection. It helps the wearer to keep away nightmares and also saves from accidents while travelling.
FEBRUARY – Amethyst
If you are born in February, then your birthstone is amethyst. The word "amethyst" comes from the Greek word "amethystos", meaning 'sober'. Ancient Greeks thought that it guarded against intoxication. So during ancient times, only royalty had the privilege to wear the gem. At present, this gemstone can become your favourite due to its brilliant colour tone, accessibility in various shapes or sizes, and its affordability as compared to other gems.
Significance: According to some ancient beliefs, this gemstone helps the wearer to maintain a clear head and think for better solutions. It is also said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.
MARCH – Aquamarine & Bloodstone
For March, the birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone.
Aquamarines come in various blue hues - light pastel sky blue, greenish-blue or deep blue. Darker ones are scarce and also are more valuable. It was thought that this gem could cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was soak the gemstone in water and drink that water. Early sailors believed that aquamarine talismans protected them against ocean dangers
Significance: This gem symbolizes health, wealth, fidelity and hope. The colour of the gem also signifies life after death or immortality.
Bloodstone is a variety of chalcedony, a crypto-crystalline type of quartz. Its green colour comes from the chlorite particles, dotted with bright and distinctive red spots of iron oxide that look like blood, hence the name bloodstone. It can have a glassy to waxy lustre.
Significance: The gemstone is a symbol of justice. Its energy carries the purity of blood and integrally signify life and birth, vitality and strength, passion and courage.
APRIL – Diamond
If you are born in April and love diamonds, then that's not a coincidence. Hardest of all gems, the birthstone for April is diamond. They come in a variety of sizes and colours and look stunning with gold, silver or platinum. In Sanskrit, the diamond is referred to as vajra, meaning lightning; while in Hindu mythology, vajra was said to be the weapon used by Indra, the king of gods. Similarly, it is also believed that diamonds were created when the lightning struck the rocks and these rocks then turned hard in the depths of earth over a billion years ago.
Significance: Loved for its sparkle across the world, diamond is a symbol of everlasting love and desire, and therefore makes the most admired gift for couples or women. In addition to that, it was once thought to bring courage as well.
MAY – Emerald
For the people born in May, the birthstone is emerald – one of the rarest found gems. The dazzling green hue of an emerald, ranging from dark green to bluish-green, makes it an excellent gem for jewellery. It was one of Cleopatra's favourite gemstones. Ancient Romans also dedicated this gem to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.
Significance: Since ages, it is considered to symbolize fertility, rebirth, and love. At present, emeralds are said to signify wisdom, growth, and patience.
JUNE – Pearl, Moonstone and Alexandrite
For June, the birthstones are pearl, moonstone and alexandrite.
Pearls are unique of all gems, as they are only developed inside the seashells. The ancient Greeks referred to them as the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Natural pearls are tough to obtain, which is why cultured pearls are available in abundance and many colours, from light cream, white to rose, lilac, green, gold, grey, and also black.
Significance: Pearl has been a symbol of purity since ages, and it also signifies wisdom, integrity, spirituality, and feminine.
Moonstone is a gem believed to have formed from the frozen moonlight and has a crystal texture ranging from transparent to clear. Among many colours varying from colourless to grey, brownish, yellow, green, peach, purple or pink; the blue sheen moonstone is the perfect one with utmost clarity and excellent quality.
Significance: As per its colours, the gem symbolizes peace, wealth and fidelity.
Alexandrite is also known as the magical gemstone, as it can change its colour from greenish-blue in the daytime to raspberry red at night or in lamplight in dark.
Significance: This gem helps strengthens instinct and imagination power. It also inspires the wearer's creativity.
JULY – Ruby
For the July born people, the birthstone is ruby, also known as the "king of gems." Since its discovery years ago, ruby has always been the favourite of the royals. One of the most valued gems, its main attraction is the variety of colours it carries from purple-red to orange-red.
Significance: Ruby's deep-red colour signifies passion, love, divinity, and courage. It is also believed to protect its wearer from evil and bring good luck as well as fortune.
AUGUST – Peridot and Spinel
For those born in August, the birthstones are peridot and spinel.
Peridot is also occasionally called the "evening emerald" for its lime green colour. When studded in gold, this gem is believed to protect the wearer from nightmares. Peridot is available in several shapes and is also affordable and readily available.
Significance: This stone symbolizes strength. It is said to bring the wearer incredible healing powers and protection against nightmares.
Spinels, due to their brilliant red shade similar to that of the ruby, are also called 'the daughter of ruby'. Along with the gorgeous red tone, they can also be found in hues of orange, pastel pink and purple. These rare gems come in various shades and textures to add a royal look to your gemstone jewellery.
Significance: It is believed that this gem protects the wearer from harm, sadness and differences in relationships.
SEPTEMBER – Sapphire
If you are September born, then sapphire is your birthstone. It is a popular stunning violet-blue gem and is part of the valuable 'big three' along with ruby and emerald. Sapphires were traditionally favoured by priests and kings and were thought to guard people against evil and poisoning. They also come in various other colours and shapes and are usually expensive.
Significance: The elegance of a sapphire signifies honesty, purity and wisdom while its colour is a symbol of trust and loyalty.
OCTOBER – Opal and Tourmaline
For the people born in October, the birthstones are opal and tourmaline.
Opal is a gem that includes the hues of all other gems giving out a unique rainbow colour and is often known as the queen of gems. From the calming flashes of blue and green to the brilliance of red and yellow, its vibrancy is fantastic. The rare black opal is also loved by most. The name comes from the Latin word 'opalus', meaning "precious jewel."
Significance: Traditionally, jewellery with opals in them were worn to keep away evil and to protect eyesight. The gem also is a symbol of hope, innocence, purity, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence.
Tourmaline, also known as red tourmaline, is a gem that includes a combination of pink and red ruby. The stone shines the same in both daylight and lamplight. It is claimed that it fuels the heart chakra and the root chakra of a person as it is related to the earth and the heart.
Significance: This gem signifies perfection, passion, life and energy. It is also said to bring emotional calmness and balance in life.
NOVEMBER – Topaz and Citrine
For November, the birthstones are topaz and citrine.
Topaz has wide popularity as it comes in colours like yellow, brownish, honey, green, blue, red, pink as well as in transparent. But the most expensive one is the Imperial topaz that comes in a blend of orange and pink colour.
Significance: This gem symbolizes love and affection and is believed to heal and protect the wearer. It is also believed that it gives the wearer increased strength and intellect.
Citrine is known as a gift from the sun due to its radiating nature. The name Citrine (French for "lemon"), fits fine with its colours ranging from succulent lemon yellow to a bright orange-brown. Citrines that display a clear yellow to glowing brownish-red colour are some of the most in-demand gems. They are few of the most affordable, widely available as well as popular gems found in various sizes and shapes.
Significance: This gem is believed to have powers to protect against snake's venom and evil. The stone is also called the seller's stone and symbolizes success as well as prosperity.
DECEMBER – Turquoise, Zircon and Tanzanite
For the December born people, there are three birthstones – turquoise, zircon and tanzanite.
Turquoise is another rare gem and often known as the robin's egg. It comes in crystal clear, transparent as well as in fresh and serene colours like blue or blue-green. It consists of colour patterns called a matrix because they are designed like that of a spider's web.
Significance: This gem is often regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good luck, wealth and success, and is believed to have the power of healing and bringing prosperity. The gems are also thought to keep away evil spirits.
Zircon, the oldest gem on the planet, is very rare and found mostly in the crust. This gemstone is available in attractive colours like sea blue, green, red, yellow, brown, and orange. Out of all the most popular one is the dazzling blue zircon. It is also affordable, due to which it is highly favoured for making gemstone jewellery.
Significance: This gem is a symbol of prosperity, self-respect and wisdom. It also helps the wearer to sleep peacefully, keeping away the nightmares.
Tanzanite is one of the unique gems and can only be found at one place in the entire planet: the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Kenya. It is the only gemstone which comes in a velvety blue colour with a vibrant purple tone. It comes in various shapes and colours and is preferred by many for jewellery making.
Significance: This magical gem is believed to provide energy to the wearer to fight against the negative and also helps one to discover the inner self.